Art Mobiles

Art Mobiles
  • History of the PCS Art Mobile Program:

    Since the 1990s, the Visual Arts Department has partnered with local art museums to create portable mini-museums called “Art Mobiles”.  Over the span of three years, two traveling portables are circulated throughout our district visiting at nearly every Pinellas County public elementary school.  K-5 students have the opportunity to visit an art mobile with their visual arts teacher while it is stationed at their school, resulting in approximately 14,000 students attending every year.  As they take the 30-40 minute tour inside, students enjoy a museum-like experience specific to their grade level, learning about various artists, the history and meaning of the artworks, and have close-up interactive experiences with the selected reproduced pieces.  The Art Mobile program has made it possible for our elementary students to experience the look and feel of an art museum without even leaving their school.  Referendum funds have helped out our Art Mobile program through improved upkeep and upgrades, as well as better curriculum development and teacher orientation trainings.

    Synopsis of Dali Museum's "Dali on the Fly" Art Mobile:

    The Dali Art Mobile presents a very unique perspective through an engaging introductory video viewed by the students immediately upon entering.  Two gadflies, a Grandfather and his nine-year-old granddaughter, named Gala, tour The Dalí Museum in downtown St. Petersburg discussing the works of Salvador Dalí.  Using a drone and live action, along with animation, this educational documentary film about the amazing art of Salvador Dalí, is designed to teach students about the art style called surrealism and how Dali's art was inspired by dreams, math, and science.  Grandpa, the Spanish gadfly tour-guide, knew Dalí well and was featured in Dali's paintings.  After the video concludes, the students are then provided a tour of the reproduced artworks by the art teacher-being like a docent you would have at a museum.

    Synopsis of the Museum of Fine Arts' "Discover the Story in Art" Mobile:

    Every work of art has a story to tell, just like every person has a story to tell.  When a 19th-century child jumps out of a painting at the Museum of Fine Arts, students are taken on an adventure from ancient times to modern day.  Along the way, they will discover how to read works of art to explore their story and meaning.  Kindergarten through 5th grade students will make connections between English Language, Social Studies, and Visual Arts standards.